This place is a gem: Anna Maria has converted a small, ancient castle in the hills near to the Ligurian coast (well, within ten minutes of La Spezia, and then a simple train journey for the day out), so the location is wonderfully quiet and with sensational views.
But that cannot capture the specialness of what Anna Maria has achieved: the highest imaginable standard of accommodation (as a property developer, I was deeply impressed), topped off with lovely decor, superb cleanliness, and a nothing-is-too-much-trouble attitude that is a total delight.
She bakes wonderfully: a huge fresh strawberry shortbread tart on arrival, a bottle of spumante, another bottle of her own red, and then total attention to detail. And free wi-fi, to enable YouTube tv if you can't cope with the Italian TV. Restaurants are only minutes away, but the in-apartment catering facilities are so good you can knock up something great with the super local produce (the area is big on pesto, so the basil is wonderful), if you are looking to economise, or if you simply like cooking with the right stuff.
A wonderful couple of days - a real find.
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